GOP civil rights record surpasses Democrats'

info@islandpacket.comMarch 13, 2013 

I almost fell over when I saw the picture of Vice President Joe Biden leading the re-enactment of the Bloody Sunday march on the Pettis Bridge in Selma, Ala.

It was Democrats who caused the bloodshed. Democrats beat black people, set dogs on them and refused admittance to schools. Democrats arrested blacks in the first half of the past century, fined them on trumped-up charges and virtually sold them to companies who paid their fines.

It was President Dwight Eisenhower, a Republican, who sent troops to integrate schools. He also proposed a Civil Rights Bill in 1957, which was blocked by Democratic Sen. James Eastland. Between 1882 and 1964, there were 4,743 lynchings -- 3,446 blacks and 1,297 whites. Republicans consistently voted to ban lynching. When President Lyndon Johnson proposed his Civil Rights Bill, which was based on Eisenhower's, and needed champions, it was Republicans who stepped up. Although Democrats had 315 members, he could only get 198 votes. Republicans voted 83 percent for the bill, 20 percent higher than Democrats.

So let's set the record straight. For 100 years, it was Republicans who fought for civil rights, but blacks think it was the Democrats. That picture reinforces the fallacy; you tell me who the real party of civil rights has been for the past 150 years.

Richard J. Dolan

Hilton Head Island

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